A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
Ransom Riggs’ book, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, has all the ingredients of a thriller: murder, suspense, horror, fantasy, and even some romance. Jacob Portman is a somewhat typical sixteen year old who lives in Florida. He is especially close to his grandfather, so when something happens to him and Jacob believes that some kind of monster is the culprit, everyone thinks he is crazy! He knows that he has to investigate further just to clear himself with his family who are all one step away from having him committed. This leads Jacob all the way to Wales and ultimately to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
After Jacob arrives at the home and meets all of the incredible kids who live there he is amazed. At the home he meets Emma Bloom, a pyrokinetic, Hugh, a boy with bees living in his stomach, Olive, a girl who can levitate, Bronwyn Bruntley, a girl with super strength, Fiona, a girl who controls the growth of plants, Horace, a boy with prophetic dreams and Claire Densmore, a girl with a mouth on the back of her head. Jacob quickly befriends everyone and for the first time in his life feels at home. He also finds himself falling in love. Which is why when Miss Peregrine and her home are threatened by their enemies, Jacob joins them in their fight for their lives and their way of life.
This is a suspenseful page turner and I am looking forward to seeing what Mr. Riggs has in store for us in book two. I was also thrilled, but not too surprised, when I found out that Tim Burton has agreed to direct this movie. So that’s another movie I’ll be eagerly anticipating.
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”
“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries — but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”
“I don’t mean to be rude’ I said, ‘but what are you people?’
‘We’re peculiar,’ he replied, sounding a bit puzzled. ‘Aren’t you?;
‘I don’t know. I don’t think so’
‘That’s a shame.”